Mischief Management is dedicated to creating a fun, safe, accepting, and welcoming space where fans can celebrate what they love. The safety and security of all attendees is of the utmost importance to us. Please read the below policies carefully before attending PodcastCon.
At PodcastCon, the safety of everyone at the event is our first priority. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: stalking, intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault, battery, harassing photography or recording, continuous disruption of panels or other events, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention in relation to, but not limited to: age, appearance, body size, gender identity or expression, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
PodcastCon is a private event, and as such, we reserve the right to remove any person from the event at any time. If a person engages in harassing behavior, PodcastCon Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from PodcastCon with no refund and contacting the appropriate authorities. Our policy applies to everyone at PodcastCon, including attendees, exhibitors, speakers, special guests, professionals, press, staff, volunteers, and event security.
If someone’s behavior makes you uncomfortable, or if you witness harassment happening to someone else, you should immediately contact PodcastCon Staff. PodcastCon Staff will be designated by staff badges and red staff lanyards. You may also come to the PodcastCon customer service desk to report an incident.
We ask that you abide by common sense rules to guide your behavior: If someone does not want to interact with you, don’t interact with them. If you do not have permission to touch someone, don’t touch them. We rely on your good judgement and respect for others and their property to create a fun and memorable event, and would hate for you to miss it, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these rules so that doesn’t happen!
If You Need Immediate Help
If you feel like your safety or the safety of another person is at risk, then please don’t hesitate to notify a PodcastCon staff member or security officer. You can also call the PodcastCon Security hotline for immediate assistance. The phone number will be publicized prior to the event.
In order to maintain a safe space for all attendees and guests, Mischief Management has a zero tolerance policy for real weaponry. Real weapons of any kind are expressly forbidden on the premises of any Mischief Management event. (“Real weapons” are defined here as any object designed or used for inflicting harm on any person). This includes all firearms, martial arts paraphernalia, any knives larger than a pocket knife, and airsoft guns. This also applies to attendees who may have a permit or license to carry said weapon.
Any person found to be carrying a weapon of any kind may be required to turn over the weapon to the security staff and/or to have their ticket for the event revoked and to be removed from the event space.
By attending PodcastCon, you agree that PodcastCon and the McCormick Place staff members, who will be clearly designated by visible credentials, may, at any time, inspect any costume, costume weapon, or other items you bring to PodcastCon, and may remove any person from the event space for violation of this policy.
Please familiarize yourself with our Anti-Harassment Policy. We ask that you abide by common sense rules to guide your behavior. If someone does not want to interact with you, don’t interact with them. This also applies to attendees in cosplay. Always ask before taking photos of or with another attendee, and respect your fellow attendees’ right to say no. If a person engages in harassing behavior, PodcastCon Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from PodcastCon with no refund and contacting the appropriate authorities.
We understand that our attendees may be cosplaying as characters who carry weaponry. All attendees agree to abide by our Weapons Policy as well as any policies enacted by the venue. Prop and/or costume weapons are permitted at PodcastCon as part of a relevant costume. However, all prop weapons must be:
A. CONSPICUOUSLY FAKE
If your costume weapon looks realistic, federal law requires that it be either translucent enough that the inner mechanics are visible, or at least half-covered with solid white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or pink.
B. CLEARLY SAFEGUARDED
Different styles of props will have different needs. Below, please find a non-exhaustive list of ways in which to safeguard your prop weapon.
1. Bows and slingshots must be either strung with a material that cannot hold tension or completely unstrung.
They may not have the capacity to fire a projectile.
2. Arrows may not be tipped and they must be tied together and secured to the quiver.
3. Any kind of knife, sword, or other prop weapon with a cutting edge may not be sharpened or have the ability to cut.
4. Any projectile weapon must be incapable of firing.
C. TAGGED BY PODCASTCON STAFF
Upon arrival, attendees who are wearing costumes that include prop weapons must have their weapons logged and tagged at the PodcastCon customer service desk.
After you check into PodcastCon and receive your badge, please proceed to the customer service desk. One of our staff members will examine your prop weapon, catalog it, and tag it with a neon cable tie. A staff member will be available to examine prop weapons at all times during registration hours.
All PodcastCon attendees and special guests are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct. The PodcastCon badge is required for admittance to any PodcastCon function. PodcastCon reserves the right to revoke, without refund, this badge for noncompliance with these terms, for disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, any behavior that is illegal, unsafe, disruptive, discriminatory, or causes excessive discomfort to another person, or for sale or attempted sale of a badge. Further, PodcastCon reserves the right to permanently exclude any person who does not comply with the Code of Conduct from future events.
PodcastCon attendees and special guests are required to adhere to the instructions of all PodcastCon employees and agents, all security employees and agents, the staff of the venue, and any and all law enforcement personnel.
PodcastCon attendees and special guests agree to observe and comply with any and all policies, rules, and regulations of the Orange County Convention Center, all laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, and regulations of the Government of the United States, the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago.
You assume any and all risks occurring before, during, or after PodcastCon. You release PodcastCon and the McCormick Place and their agents, licensees, assignees, and their respective affiliates and representatives from any related claims.
Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, and items that can be mistaken for weapons are expressly prohibited, even if they are part of a costume.
All PodcastCon functions have limited capacities as determined by the venue. Although your badge is required for admittance to all functions, it does not guarantee you access to any function if it has reached its capacity. All autograph and photograph sessions are of a limited nature, and your badge does not guarantee access to them.